hUJe decor

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We have unique flexible decor, that we've produced for our own parties; and also rent out to other people. You can hire us to put it up or "dry-hire" which means you put it up yourself. We also make banners to commission but not usually decor (you could hire at least 10 backdrops for the price of having one made - it doesn't make sense!). This page is rather out of date - contact us for more info! Our decor includes mobiles that hang from high ceilings, fluorescent plants and animals to create features, and hand-knitted fluorescent nets - as well as the more traditional painted backdrops.

We can transform a space to a theme, soften hard lines and square rooms and brighten gloomy corners. The pictures here are examples of our work to illustrate the range of our capabilities; from the intimacy of small venues like the George IV, Living Bar and Medussa in Brixton to medium-sized clubs like the EQ Warehouse, The Arches and The Fridge.

Our nets

These are hand-crocheted from coloured and fluorescent wool (and then fire-proofed) in a number of different sizes and colours, exceeding a dozen in total, that can be stretched and twisted to really change the party space.



For example, the promoters of this deep house party in the Living Bar wanted a magical, soft faeryland environment in the upstairs room with its hard square pillars and beams, whitish walls and modernist metal-framed windows:

nets

nets

nets

nets


While here in the George IV, nets were used to disguise the speaker stacks, in a fluoro reference to the use of camouflage nets by squat systems. Seen here in a flash photo, the nets glow brightly in the UV of the dancefloor (as can be seen in a later picture of the flames) and transform the matt black pile of speaker boxes into interesting naturalistic shapes that softly light the area.

nets

Features

These are made from a range of materials (and fire-proofed) to provide interesting colours and textures for the eye and hand.

There's a 15m snake with red flashing eyes, a long red tongue and skin that's realistic enough to scare pedestrians when we're unloading!


Here it's climbing around the tropical-beach-style bar at the Arches...

snake

...while here it's taking advantage of one of the punters at the George IV - also notice the apples and leaves that are applique on the backdrop.

snake


The flower here is over 1m in diameter

flower


and the hanging basket for this plant (seen here in the staircase at Trenz) is built around a washing up bowl

hanging basket


There's a pair of large hearts - here hanging in the theatre arch in the Drome - that together are about 2m square. The small hearts (numbering around 40) are about 25cm across.

hearts


The letters in this mobile are around 40cm high and the one you can't see is a "C".

e mobile


The small hearts also make good flowers to go with these fluoro leaves (fluffy green on one side, shiny yellow on the other)

leaves


There are clouds to complement this deluge.

clouds


Even some of the backdrops are mixed materials - the apples are attached to the trees that you can see above in one of the snake pictures, and here the monkeys are orange fluffy material and pvc, not paint.

monkeys

Backdrops

These are a variety of sizes, consisting of designs painted onto fabric; some are mixed materials with e.g. fake fur, felt and foam attached as well, making appropriate textures and building up 3D shapes. All are treated with appropriate fire retardant.



On the apple trees, only the apples and their leaves (both of which protrude) are fluorescent. There's a single tree and a pair; the section for each tree is roughly 2m square.


Here's the single tree with some ambient light

apple tree

...and looking pretty weird in only UV!

UV apple tree


The jungle backdrop is roughly 2m square


and looks equally good in daylight...

jungle back(drop)

...and in UV

UV jungle


There's a pair of narrower palm trees:


These can be placed together (here in a corner that's not straight!)...

palms

or can frame other backdrops, stalls etc

UV stall


There are a few animals:


These drumming monkeys go with the ones shown earlier climbing a tree, and like them are fake fur applique

drumming

and there's a lion in silhouette

lion


The two fuchsias are somewhat larger, each about 2m square

fuchsia


and so is the lightning

lighting


while the question mark is more modest at about 1.3m square

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Themes

The features and backdrops above can, of course, be combined into themes such as Garden of Eden, tropical island. The earlier themes that follow may be more appropriate when they resonate with the name or plans for an event, the circles for more elegant or understated surroundings or when time, space or budget make it impractical to cover most available surfaces with decor.

Fires

Originally conceived for the pillars in the EQ, there are now seven fires (each 2.4m tall x 1.8m wide) that can be put up in a number of combinations to suit different spaces. We have plans to make a set of horizontal strips (1m tall x 2m wide) to complement the original fires.


Here's a pillar of fire in the EQ...

pillar of fire

...an alcove in the George IV becomes an oven...

oven

...as if it wasn't hot enough already, the balcony in the Medussa is ablaze...

medussa balcony

...the Fridge cafe is the burning fiery furnace...

furnace

...and one of the Arches turns into a wall of fire...

wall of fire

...for the Gathering, the Fridge stage is on fire

fridge stage

...and here Absolution sets the Soundshaft ablaze

soundshaft

Flowers

We have a set of flowers derived from a beach ball we saw in the V&A shop. There's one "laughing world" plus eight single flowers. Each is about 1m tall x 1.2m wide. Apparently the original smiley flower design was by takashi murakami.


Laughing world

apple tree

Oblivion in George IV; picture copyright Anders & Amy and hosted on HarderFaster

flowery Oblivion

Smiles

Our smiles have a devilish glint in their eye - they were originally conceived as pumpkins for halloween decor. There are backdrops about 1m tall x 1.2m wide and flattish padded shapes (about half the size) that can be suspended. The original pumpkins range from yellow-orange to red in colour, with the set made up with blue, yellow, green, purple etc. There's a total of ten backdrops, twenty to hang in orange colours, plus a further twenty multi-colours to hang.


The Gathering @ the Fridge; picture copyright acid les and hosted on HarderFaster

halloween dancer

The Gathering @ the Fridge; picture copyright acid les and hosted on HarderFaster

halloween dancer

Here's Milk in Studio33 with coloured smiles; picture copyright Piers and hosted on HarderFaster

smiley Milk

Oblivion in George IV; picture copyright Anders & Amy and hosted on HarderFaster

smiley Oblivion

Circles

The circles undoubtedly offer the most elegant themes. We currently have three sets of 1m x 2m strips in shades of orange, blue and rainbow colours plus a larger (roughly 3m x 2m) backdrop with rainbow colours. The circles are finished with a glitter that shimmers under changing club lighting.


Here we covered the large backdrop with a rainbow net and fairy lights

rainbow circles

Fridge stage for DirtyDJs v Oblivion...

rainbow circles

Milk in Studio33; picture copyright dori and hosted on HarderFaster

orangey Milk

Milk in Studio33; picture copyright Piers and hosted on HarderFaster

rainbow Milk

Milk in Studio33; picture copyright Piers and hosted on HarderFaster

rainbow Milk

Milk in Studio33; picture copyright HouseGuy and hosted on HarderFaster

rainbow Milk

Oblivion in George IV; picture copyright Anders & Amy and hosted on HarderFaster

blue Oblivion

Oblivion in George IV; picture copyright Anders & Amy and hosted on HarderFaster

blue Oblivion

Oblivion in George IV; picture copyright Anders & Amy and hosted on HarderFaster

orange Oblivion

Oblivion in George IV; picture copyright Anders & Amy and hosted on HarderFaster

rainbow Oblivion

Banners

As well as the decor above which you can hire along with us to put it up, we make banners, logos etc to commission. We don't sell generic decor but we'll make stuff that's specific to a party. Prices depend on size, complexity of design and extent and diversity of coloration - starting from £100 for a single colour, straightforward design around 1 square metre. These are only suitable for indoor use (protect from excessive moisture), made from heavy-duty natural fibre treated with flame-retardant, with finished edges and eyelets, using UV-reactive paints with black backgrounds. Will require re-treating with flame-retardant eventually or after getting wet.

Some examples follow:


Absolution - taken at the Soundshaft

absolution banner

Milk in Studio33; picture copyright boshmaster and hosted on HarderFaster

Milk banner

Milk in Studio33; picture copyright Piers and hosted on HarderFaster

Milk cow

DirtyDJs banner @ Oblivion v DirtyDJs in the Fridge; picture copyright Joeyxx and hosted on HarderFaster

DirtyDJs banner